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Tree Of Light Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients? Yes.

Do you have a waitlist? Generally, we are scheduled two to three months in advance with appointments; however, often we are able to get you in earlier than that. Please contact our office for scheduling and availability.

Are there any criteria for becoming a patient? Yes.  Most of our patients come to us with chronic health challenges. Most have already seen their primary care physician as well as other specialists. In addition, they may have had functional lab testing, seen other alternative or other holistic health practitioners, tried various nutritional remedies, are familiar with Holistic concepts and practices, etc. Because we offer advanced functional and integrative services, we request that you have at least explored some of these other modalities first before making an appointment with us; however, this is not an absolute requirement. More importantly, you must have the motivation to get better and to make lifestyle changes. For more detail, please contact our office for more information.

I am just seeing help with nutrition and optimal wellness. Do you provide those services? Yes. We offer advanced nutritional analysis, weight loss, antiaging, and other integrative services. See our integrative services page for more information.

How do I make an appointment? You can call our office at (404) 877-2385 or at [email protected]. You can also make appointment requests here.

Do you offer any free initial consults? Yes, we offer a free, 15-minute consult. Please contact us with your availability.

What are your hours? 9 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

How do I stay in touch with you as we work together? We make ourselves available 6 days a week by phone, email,  text and/or chat during business hours.

Where are you located? We are located at 235 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite 308, Decatur, GA 30030. For more information, see Our Clinic info.

Do you take insurance?  Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance at this time; however, for a $50 surcharge, you will be supplied with a super-bill to turn into your insurance after your visit. In addition, we can bill your standard as well as select functional labs to your insurance in many cases.

How much do you charge? We generally charge by the hour. It usually takes about an hour for a basic assessment; however, depending on the level of complexity at hand, the initial visit sometimes can take 2-4 hours. A basic assessment includes a comprehensive look at diet, nutrient status, structural issues, as well as many other stressors like toxins and infections. A basic assessment may evaluate one health problem. A more complex visit might address the complexities of multiple health concerns. Supplements, as well as any necessary laboratory services, are additional costs and can vary from patient to patient.

What do I need to do to get ready for my first appointment? Please bring any previous lab-work, imaging, doctors' notes, etc. with you on your first visit. If possible try to forward me that info if you get a chance before your visit. Also, bring any supplements that you are taking. If possible, try not to take any supplements at least 12 hours before your first visit (ok to take essential medicines). Be sure to drink plenty of water and try to eat before your visit. Also, please wear comfortable clothing and wear flat, comfortable fitting shoes.

What happens during the first visit? We will perform a thorough history and exam, go over any previous lab work, order any necessary lab work, obtain vitals, do heart rate variability testing, perform a thorough dental exam, assess for any organ imbalances, assess for structural or osteopathic issues, provide detailed toxicity and microbial assessment, perform advanced biofeedback testing, provide any supplement recommendations,  come up with a plan of care and follow-up. Make any necessary referrals.

How long does the first appointment last? The initial visit lasts the longest and is typically 2-4 hours.  We try to keep follow-up visits to 1-2 hours.

How do follow-up appointments work? Follow-up appointments are scheduled after the first visit and may be anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks after the initial visit. The number of follow-up visits depends on the nature and complexity of your health challenge. In general, as your condition improves, you will need less frequent follow-ups.

What should expect if get treated? How long will it take me to get well? If you are dealing with a chronic health challenge, it most likely WILL NOT resolve overnight. It takes time, patience, and persistence to get well. It is often necessary to make the proper diet and lifestyle changes to get better. Some chronic health conditions, such a Lyme disease, and mold illness may take up a year or longer to feel better. Ongoing family and social support are needed. If your problem is chronic in nature, more than one session is most likely needed. In fact, multiple sessions may be needed and this may involve a certain amount of financial resources.

What are others saying who have gone through the treatment process? Everyone is different and we can make NO GUARANTEES if and when you may get better. That being said, those who have followed our recommendations have seen positive results. Please see patient testimonials for more info.

Do you use electronic medical record systems? Yes. You will be given access to an online portal where you can communicate with us, answer questionnaires, upload lab data, etc. To gain access to your online portal, please provide your date of birth and address so we can get you in the system. Upon access, please try to fill out the online questionnaire when prompted. This will help us with your evaluation and make the first visit go a little faster.

Do you have any Covid-19 guidelines/restrictions?***PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with the local City of Decatur and CDC recommendations, all patients and staff are required to wear masks to enter our office building; however wearing a mask is not required in our office suites. All of our staff have been immunized against Covid-19. If you would like us to wear a mask during your visit, please let us know and we will accommodate you accordingly.

Can you be my primary care provider? No, we recommend that you follow-up with your primary care provider and any other necessary specialists.

What about lab work? Do you draw labs? We work with multiple labs and draw labs when needed. We mainly use LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics for standard labwork but using many other laboratories for functional lab testing around the country.  If you have the previous labwork please bring that to our office on the first visit or submit it to your portal. If necessary we will draw labs on your first visit.

Do you sell supplements? As a service to you, we make nutritional supplements available in our office. We purchase these products only from manufacturers who have gained our confidence through considerable research and experience. We determine quality by considering: (1) the quality of the science behind the product; (2) the quality of the ingredients themselves; (3) the quality of the manufacturing process; and (4) the synergism among product components. The brands of supplements that we carry in our facility are those that meet our high standards and tend to produce predictable results.

While these supplements may come at a higher financial cost than those found on the shelves of pharmacies or health food stores, the value must also include assurance of their purity, quality, bioavailability (ability to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body), and effectiveness. The chief reason we make these products available is to ensure quality. You are not guaranteed the same level of quality when you purchase your supplements from the general marketplace. We are not suggesting that such products have no value; however, given the lack of stringent testing requirements for dietary supplements, product quality varies widely.

If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please discuss them with our staff.

Do you have any basic supplement guidelines? The general recommendation is that almost everyone needs a multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement, a probiotic, an omega-3 supplement, a digestive enzyme, a vitamin C supplement, vitamin D, etc.  A good fiber intake of about 30g per day is advisable. REMEMBER: The body can only process so many things at one time, ESPECIALLY if you have gut issues. Also, note that the body can really only process about 6-8 supplements at a time.

I am out of state. How can we work together? Yes, but there are limitations to what we can do. In general, we can order lab testing, provide nutritional consulting, etc.; however, due to the limitations of insurance that applies differently per state, we cannot prescribe medicines outside the state of Georgia unless you are already a current patient. However, we do offer Telemedicine Consults to existing patients and to those who are planning to come to our clinic. During a Telemedicine consult, we will go over your health history, order the necessary tests, go over lab results, write prescriptions, and come up with an individualized nutritional support protocol. For more information, please contact our office.

I feel overwhelmed! How can I start learning about how to get better? Where do I start? We certainly understand. Please feel free to browse our website where we are posting new information daily.  In general, we recommend starting with diet and work on gut health. Work on managing stress. We have a resources page on our website where you can gain access to important lectures, protocols, and other helpful resources. This page is password protected. Please contact our office for more information.

I have dental issues. What can I do? Dental issues such as root canals, dental amalgams, cavitations/jawbone infections often present a problem with those suffering from chronic illness. We have advanced technologies and detox protocols for dental challenges. In general, we recommend that you consult with a biological dentist who is IAMOT certified. Please contact our office for more information.

Do you have any general diet recommendations? Everyone's dietary needs are different, but in general, you should adopt an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet that includes fresh organic vegetables, green juices, high nutrient density, non-GMO foods if possible. In general, we recommend a whole food plant-based diet, unless you have a gut or other food intolerances. Some have gut issues, for which we recommend the GAPs diet. For more information, see our nutritional consulting page.

How can I learn more about detox? Most of our patients require ongoing detoxification. Since everyone's needs are different we recommend an initial assessment followed by an individualized detox plan. For more info, see our article on how to detox and our basic detox protocol. We offer medical detox as well. Please contact our office for more info.

What functional lab testing do you offer? We offer a wide array of functional laboratory testing. For more information see our functional lab testing page.

Do you do any emotional work? Emotional work is a huge part of healing and recovery. We use various modalities to assess and treat unresolved past emotional traumas (UPET), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and trapped emotions using Appliedpsychoneurobiology (APN), emotion code, and others. Sometimes something called generational stress needs to be addressed through a process called family constellation therapy. We also use something called generational emotional mapping for this purpose. We work with several hypnotherapists in the area and may refer you for hypnotherapy. We also work with a network of therapists, and counselors.

What is the single most important factor in overcoming health challenges? Because what we put in our mouths on average three times a day has an incredible influence on our physiology, brain chemistry, gut health, genetics, and level of inflammation, diet is
probably the single most important factor in overcoming chronic health
challenges. Therefore we spend a lot of time on nutritional assessment and dietary analysis.

I am already working with another practitioner. Do you work with other practitioners? Yes, we believe that we can't do it all and are happy to become part of your healthcare team. We work with many other practitioners including primary care physicians, therapists, other functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, and others.

I am interested and want to learn more. Where can I get more information? I applaud you for looking into a Holistic/Integrated Medicine approach as many of today's more complex health challenges often elude conventional medicine. We post almost daily on our website. We also post frequently on our Facebook page as well as Instagram and LinkedIn.